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  1. Comment on Ireland, WW1 and our great false choice.
    on 4 November 2013 at 10:13 pm

    The Islandbridge commemoration is very dignified, by all accounts. If the poppy had retained its original meaning, and had not fallen prey to militaristic exploitation, I would have no problems wearing a poppy at Islandbridge to commemorate my grand-uncle.

    World War One was an egotistical, murderous imperial brawl, a turf war amongst imperial gangs and I believe that the assiduously ignored elephant in the room is the immorality of Irish Home Rule leaders in sending tens of thousands of Irish soldiers into this murderous conflict. Worse than the fact that thousands of them were going to perish themselves was the fact that they were willing to kill and maim tens of thousands of decent German, Austrian, Hungarian, Turkish human beings – who had been forced into uniform through conscription and with whom the Irish had no quarrel – for the purpose of buying, via this bloody deal, their own political semi-independence from the British Government.

    I believe that the Irish government should officially apologize to the countries concerned for the slaughter and maiming by Irishman of tens of thousands of the young men of these countries.

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  2. Comment on Pictures of Northern Ireland in new passport prove to be just whispers in the ear…
    on 1 October 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Seeing as it is one of the most favourite pasttimes on the Emerald Isle, does anyone actually know where the term “tit for tat” comes from?

    (Put another way: who ever bothered with “tat”?)

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  3. Comment on #SeanadRef: Ireland’s wrecking ball approach to political reform has been expensive and disastrous
    on 1 October 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I agree with you all the way. (Were I Taoiseach, I would make you a Seanadóir.)

    The biggest problem with the democratic system, or parts of it, in any country is that people don’t know what is really going on and don’t go to the bother of informing themselves (even to the extent possible.) As long as that persists, you can tinker with the system any way you like and nothing substantial will change.

    The Seanad was basically a good idea. (Come to think of it, so was Fianna Fáil.)

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  4. Comment on Celebrating a Royal’s birth: What does it say about modern Britain?
    on 23 July 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Congratulations to all young couples who have become parents on ths day.

    The tabloids here in Germany have the birth as a lead story, the quality press are reporting on it as a secondary story. Even though Germany is a republic, there are still very many Germans who follow the royal stories. It makes one think that the concept of of royalty has hung around too long to avoid being dumped into the same skip as trash celebrity.

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  5. Comment on #Anglotapes: If they saw the enormity of it up front, they might decide they have a choice.
    on 25 June 2013 at 8:35 pm

    My acquaintance from Dublin claims that it is all down to this arrogant, snotty, snobby culture that is prevalent on the southside of Dublin. The goys were sent to fee-paying schools in order that they would feel superior to everyone else and not defer to anyone with the result that when they got their hands on the banking system they just did what they wanted. A conscience-forming institution like the RC church, that kept their fathers in check, was effectively not around anymore.

    A niche-analysis, perhaps, that maybe rings truer than many people would like to admit.

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  6. Comment on Irish Justice Minister: “a tribute to how far we have come as a society”
    on 9 May 2013 at 12:18 am

    A true war hero would hardly be perturbed by such mundane matters back on civvy street.

    But seriously, Mick, there is more to this issue than the mere dispensing of the milk of human kindness to a few poor oul’ sods.

    I believe that number of these deserters eventually got into trouble in the British army and were duly punished. Has Britain apologized yet to them?

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  7. Comment on Cleveland rescue: “I barbecued with this dude, we ate ribs and listened to salsa music…”
    on 8 May 2013 at 9:51 pm

    At least, the US judicial system knows how to deal with this type of perpetrator.

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  8. Comment on Irish Justice Minister: “a tribute to how far we have come as a society”
    on 8 May 2013 at 9:26 pm

    You can say what you like about the old-stagers of long ago in the Dáil, but at least they would have had enough savvy to see through the agenda behind this bill and not to have allowed such a cheap stunt to be pulled on them.

    I have it on good authority from someone who witnessed it first han that a lot of these “heroes” were simply ordinary Jack-the-Lads who had gotten in trouble in the barracks and who deserted and skidaddled over the border to escape the consequences.

    And the Minister of Defence issues an official apology to them.
    This is obviously a state which no longer takes itself seriously (not a “rogue state” but a “joke state”).

    It is interesting to note that SF are on the same unhistoric, crummy bandwagon.

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  9. Comment on Adams’s extended RTE interview on political murder turns the southern clock right back for Sinn Fein…
    on 30 April 2013 at 10:36 pm

    David Cameron said when refusing to apologize for the massacre in Amritsar (1,000 killed) that it would be wrong to ‘reach back’ into history.

    How much time has to elapse before that aforementioned “wrong to reach back” statute of limitation applies?

    And it was interesting to note today on the occasion of the Dutch coronation that the Dutch government apologized in 2011 for a (largely unpublicized) massacre of 430 villagers committed by them in Indonesia in 1947. Needless to say, the rule of law was not applied to the perpretrators. And the Dutch have a reputation for being progressively humanitarian.

    So self-recrimination and coming clean has hardly got a strong tradition out there in the real world.

    Why pretend otherwise and feign disappointment? Apart from the nearest and dearest of the victims involved, isn’t everyone else into it for the the propaganda and the political point-scoring.

    Let’s be honest.

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  10. Comment on Meath East: First tallies make FG early favourites…
    on 28 March 2013 at 8:33 pm

    With all due respect to the successful candidate but I suppose there was an element of a sympathy involved.

    Having been to South America recently, I have now realized that when South American countries have over-indulged themselves in unsustainable and unfinanceable projects the only way out is a military junta.

    In Ireland it is Fine Gael.

    (This observation has been made in a disposition of complete objectivity.)

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